“Three Blind Mice” is one of the most beloved nursery rhymes and musical rounds for children.
The origin of this rhyme goes back in the 1609 when the first written version of the song was published by Thomas Ravenscroft in “Deuteromelia” or “The Seconde part of Musicks melodie”.
According to some claims the “three blind mice” are the three Protestants executed by Queen Mary I of England, in the Catholicism and Protestantism conflict. It is about the Oxford Martyrs who were tried for heresy and burnt at the stake in 1555.
The modern version of the song was first included in children’s literature much later, at the beginning of 19th century, and its lyrics are different than the original one.
“Three Blind Mice” Lyrics
Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice?